Posted on February 10, 2014

Katara DFI Cinema continues in February with two special presentations: the next installment of the Ajyal Youth Film Series will feature three free public screenings of the inspiring adventure documentary, ‘Maiden Trip’, while the regular Katara DFI Cinema series will feature Cannes Jury Prize winner ‘Like Father, Like Son’ by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

‘Maiden Trip’ will be presented as a special National Sports Day event with two screenings on Tuesday 11th February and a third public screening on Friday 14th February. All three screenings are free of charge but bookings are required to secure a place.

An additional private screening of ‘Maiden Trip’ specifically for school groups will take place on February 13th as part of DFI’s year-round Ajyal initiatives which continue on from the successful inaugural edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival held in November 2013.

The Ajyal Youth Film Series aims to encourage a love of cinema among young people in the community, strengthen media literacy for the next generation, and inspire young people to explore their own creative potential.

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‘Maiden Trip’ is a documentary about fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker who sets out on a two-year voyage as the youngest person ever to attempt sailing around the world alone. After a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom and adventure. The film won the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and the Camden International Film Festival.

‘Like Father, Like Son’ will screen daily from 13th to 19th February at Katara Drama Theatre, Building 16. The multi award-winning drama is directed by one of Japan’s most acclaimed filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda. It tells the story of Ryota, an architect, who has worked tirelessly to obtain a perfect life. But when he and his wife discover that the son they have raised for six years is not biologically theirs, Ryota finds himself faced with a difficult choice: nature or nurture? This deeply affecting story of a man who must finally come to terms with himself took the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. The moving story of a man who finally faces himself when he encounters an unexpected wall for the first time in his life.

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School administrators seeking further information on the private schools screening of ‘Maiden Trip’ should contact